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Roald Dahl’s Legacy – Lovereading4kids Top 10 Dahl books

Friday, October 9th, 2009

roald_dahlTo celebrate the release of FANTASTIC MR FOX in cinemas nationwide from 23 October, we look back at some of the wonderful books written by the master of childhood fantasy, Roald Dahl.

From the magical mischievousness of Matilda to the touching relationship between father and son in Danny Champion of the World there is bound to be a Roald Dahl story to suit the whole family. Read on to see our Top Ten packed with lots of film trivia. Or click here to see all of Roald Dahl books on one page!

Fantastic Mr Fox

fantastic mr foxAfter being caught stealing chickens from the mean local farmers Mr Fox is trapped in his underground home, with shotgun and spade aimed at his door. It is up to Mr Fox, with a little help from his fellow ground dwelling animals, to outsmart the crooked farmers and find a way out to provide food for his family and friends. Wes Anderson, well known for his critically acclaimed dry comedies combines his original sense of humour together with traditional stop motion animation to bring a distinct air of sophistication to the farmyard with a star studded voice cast in George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Bill Murray.

The Witches
witchesThey have no hair, have claw like fingernails disguised with gloves, have no toes, spit which is bright blue and pupils where you can see “fire and ice dancing”. The book that first introduced us as children to spot ‘the witches’ also managed to scare us behind the sofa when Angelica Huston portrayed the Grand High Witch that turns the protagonist into a mouse using the persuasive power of chocolate!

James and the Giant Peach
james and the giant peachOne of the best loved Roald Dahl books, follows the journey of the orphan James. After his parents are killed in a rhino rampage he is sent to live with his matriarchal aunts. With the help of some magical crystals he manages to escape the grasps of his awful aunts to a magical, miniature world filled with adventure, insects and lots of peach! Adapted for film in 1996, and featuring the voice talent of Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Sarandon and David Thewlis and appearances from Pete Postelthwaite and Joanna Lumley, makes this story one of the most beloved of Roald Dahl’s books.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
charlie and the chocolate factoryOne of the most essential books to read in childhood Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has become a timeless childhood classic. Charlie becomes involved in a race across the world to win one of four golden ticket that will let him into the world’s most amazing chocolate factory. Introducing the world to Umpa Lumpas, everlasting gobstoppers and the repercussions of being greedy! Such is the popularity of the Classic Dahl book, there has been two adaptations of the book, both as magical and crazy as the other. The 1971 version, featuring Gene Wilder, manages to both fascinate and scare all those watching making us all want to avoid the suspicious Slugworth! The 2005 Tim Burton adaptation with Johnny Depp manages to match the book’s original wackiness with an incredible mix of CGI psychedelic visuals.

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
9780141322698The lesser known sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Great Glass Elevator starts off where the previous book left off with Charlie, now the owner of the Chocolate Factory crash landing on the moon! Charlie must save the inhabitants of a space hotel from the attacks of the vicious, Vermicious Knids. Although never adapted for the big screen, Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory featured a few scenes mentioned in the book.

Matilda
matiladaAnother dark book following the unhappy life of Matilda, A five year old girl whose parents have little interest in the well being of their child. Determined to do more in life than rot in front of the television, Matilda takes herself to the library. After reading classics from Dickens to Orwell Matilda’s intellect gets noticed in the classroom and is moved up a year into Miss Honey’s class. But the rulings of the school headmistress, Miss Trunchball seem just as harsh as her parents at home leading Matilda to discover one day that she has telekinetic powers. When it is discovered that miss honey has been swindled out of a large inheritance by Miss Trunchbull, Matilda strives to right the wrongs around her using her new found powers.
Adapted for film by Danny Devito in 1996, the film managed to transfer the magic of Matilda onto the silver screen.

The Twits
9780141322759As this top ten list shows Roald Dahl had a tendency to focus on abusive adults, and this character trait continues with The Twits! Mr. and Mrs. Twit, an unhygienic shaggy haired (Mr Twit’s food has a habit of getting caught in his bushy beard!) couple, who take great pleasure in luring birds to bake in a pie and torment their pet monkey Muggle-wump. One day a ‘Roley-Poly bird’ from South Africa encourages Muggle-Wump and his animal friends to extract their timely revenge. Just desserts are served as Mr and Mrs Twit are terrorized and run

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Danny, Champion of the World
georges marvellous medicineAfter the death of his mother at the age of four Danny and his Father only have each other. By the age of nine Danny thought he knew everything that could be known about his best friend, his father, until he discovers a dark secret. What follows is an attempt at the most daring, the most dangerous and the most dastardly plan to outwit a wicked landowner.
A heartwarming story of father and son with the lead character a typical example of Dahl’s ability to paint witty and intelligent characters. The Television adaptation in the late eighties saw real life father and son, Jeremy and Samuel Irons, take on the lead characters.

George’s Marvellous Medicine
633801469156879508-1If there is an illness George Kranky is likely to have a cure for it! Fed up with his bad tempered grandmother, George sets out to cure it with his own special brews, concocted from all the dangerous liquids, tablets and substances you may find in the garden. He has medicine to make you tall, medicine to make you small but can he find that fantastic formula to make you happy? One of the few books not to have received a big screen adaptation, Georges Marvelous Medicine has featured on an episode of Jackanory and has been west end treatment with a critically successful stage play.

The BFG
bfgThe BFG is the nickname for the Big Friendly Giant, who befriends orphaned Sophie. The girl soon learns that her giant friend is responsible for creating the dreams of children and helps him along with his job. The 1989 animated film based on this story doesn’t exactly coincide with the book, but it still brings to life the interesting tale. The character of Sophie is actually based around Dahl’s daughter, Sophie Dahl.

fox posterFANTASTIC MR FOX is released in cinemas nationwide form 23 October 2009
For more information please visit the official website: fantasticmrfox-movie.co.uk

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The BFG The BFG
Roald Dahl
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl
A book that requires no introduction as it is probably Dahl’s best-known and most read creation and deservedly so. The secretive and magical world of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory is revealed to five ‘lucky’ children, each of who has won …
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StoryWorld: The Storytelling Book (slipcase edition) StoryWorld: The Storytelling Book (slipcase edition)
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Hide and Seek Hide and Seek
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Wishing for Tomorrow Wishing for Tomorrow
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A new chapter to the story of Sara Crew has been cleverly crafted by Hilary McKay who picks up the threads at Miss Minchin’s after Sara has left and, in particular, the loneliness of Sara’s friend Ermengarde who is teased …
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Airhead: Being Nikki Airhead: Being Nikki
Meg Cabot
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B R Collins
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Monday, March 9th, 2009

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The BFG The BFG
Roald Dahl
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Winnie The Twit Winnie The Twit
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl
A book that requires no introduction as it is probably Dahl’s best-known and most read creation and deservedly so. The secretive and magical world of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory is revealed to five ‘lucky’ children, each of who has won …
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Mr Gum And The Dancing Bear Mr Gum And The Dancing Bear
Andy Stanton
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Shadow Forest Shadow Forest
Matt Haig
Winner of the overall Blue Peter Book of the Year 2009 and category winner of ‘the book I couldn’t put down’. A dramatic adventure story set in an enchanted magical world. Samuel Blink’s life changes forever when a giant log …
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Helen Dunmore
This is the first of the Ingo quartet. Helen Dunmore has done what few authors succeed in doing. She’s created an absolutely believable mythical world alongside our own. One that makes you want to be there more than anything else, …
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The Magic Thief The Magic Thief
Sarah Prineas
This is an absolutely captivating debut fantasy adventure. Full of
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Pseudonymous Bosch
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The Book of a Thousand Days The Book of a Thousand Days
Shannon Hale
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The Secret Ministry of Frost The Secret Ministry of Frost
Nick Lake
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My (not so) Simple Life My (not so) Simple Life
Joanna Nadin
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Jane Eagland
Set in Victorian England, this is a thought-provoking and shocking debut story for teenagers and adults of how a young woman with an ambition to become a doctor (at a time when it was frowned upon for women to have …
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The Ant Colony The Ant Colony
Jenny Valentine
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Ferida Wolff, Harriet May Savitz
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Lynne Rickards
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Jill Tomlinson
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl
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Roald Dahl
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Sally Gardner
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John Boyne
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Patrick Ness
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Chris Priestley
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Anthony Mcgowan
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Jill Tomlinson
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Richard Johnson
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Gary Northfield
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The Bfg The Bfg
Roald Dahl
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl
A book that requires no introduction as it is probably Dahl’s best-known and most read creation and deservedly so. The secretive and magical world of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory is revealed to five ‘lucky’ children, each of who has won …
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Featured Books for 9+ readers

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Magic Thief Magic Thief
Sarah Prineas
This is an absolutely captivating debut fantasy adventure. Full of magic and trickery, this is the story of a wizard and his new apprentice trying to discover why the magic in their city is fading and how they must …
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 The Mysterious Benedict Society The Mysterious Benedict Society
Trenton Lee Stuart
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Times Bestseller that we’ve been raving about since it went stratospheric across the water earlier this year. Here you will meet four very unusual children each with three things in common – …
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The Eye of The Serpent The Eye of The Serpent
Philip Caveney
When Sir William Devlin and his assistant Tom open the tomb of Akhenaten they uncover something that has been hidden for three thousand years. That something is so terrifying that it changes the lives of both. When Sir William’s nephew …
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Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Stormbreaker Stormbreaker
Anthony Horowitz
A fabulous story that crackles with suspense and daring and shows that a bit of cheek will take you a very long way. Alex Rider is fourteen when his whole world is turned upside down. Already an orphan, his guardian …
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Airhead Airhead
Meg Cabot
From the creator of Allie Finkle and The Princess Diaries comes a brand new novel featuring two very different girls, one a superbrain and the other a supermodel. They have absolutely nothing in common until something extraordinary happens. …
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Boy In The Striped Pyjamas Boy In The Striped Pyjamas
John Boyne
Film due for release 12 Sep 2008. To see a trailer click here or scroll down. When Bruno’s father is promoted
to a new job, the family have to move from their comfortable home in
Berlin to a strange new house in …
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Featured Books for 14+ readers

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Before I Die Before I Die
Jenny Downham
Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2008. The winner will be annouced 24th September.
Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2008. This is a haunting yet truly amazing read but don’t read it too young. Definitely not for someone less …
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Tales Of Terror From The Black Ship Tales Of Terror From The Black Ship
Chris Priestley
This is serious spine-tingling stuff and not for the faint-hearted, it’s a novel packed with chills, thrills, nail-biting suspense and heart-stopping revelations. Join Ethan and Cathy and steel yourself against the blood-curdling terror that lies ahead as you realise …
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The Knife That Killed Me The Knife That Killed Me
Anthony Mcgowan
No holds are barred in this gripping story about knife crime. And there’s no way to put it down…Tautly written, it captures how diffident Paul tries to chart his way through rival classroom gangs. Being an outsider is dangerous and …
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